Articles Tagged - Construction

Holy Matrimony: Contractors and New Jersey Sales Tax

By Wiss, Posted in State & Local Tax Services

By Tim Kennedy Not all work performed on a property is created equal in the eyes of the tax collector. Some improvements fall into the realm of capital improvement, while others are considered repairs, and still others are maintenance services. Because New Jersey sales tax rules differ based on the type of work performed, it is important to understand the classifications to avoid paying too much or too little in taxes. Here’s what you need to know. What work is exempt from sales tax? For owners of... read more.

Utilizing Job Costing to Help Manage the Bottom Line

By Wiss, Posted in Construction

By: Mike Andriola Is your bottom line understated simply because you don’t have the necessary documentation or lack the accounting insight to allocate job costs to contracts? Or are you paying too much in taxes because you have an overly aggressive cost allocation strategy? If you are in either situation, the lack of a sound job costing strategy is costing you money. In the construction industry, there are three main types of costs: direct costs, indirect costs, and general and administrative expens... read more.

The Art of the Contract Schedule

By Wiss, Posted in Construction

By Mike Andriola When accountants hear the word “estimate,” most go into a panic. In an industry where accuracy and precision are paramount, the mere thought of a number not being exact can create a sense of unrest. However, in the construction industry, estimates are unavoidable. A slight one to two percent change in an estimate on a large contract could add or subtract a substantial amount of profit or loss to or from the bottom line. At Wiss, we work with our clients to strike the perfect b... read more.

The Best Accounting Software Platforms for Growing Contractors

By Wiss, Posted in Construction

By Tim Kennedy  As a part of the accounting team of a small construction company, you likely use QuickBooks as your accounting software. It’s affordable, intuitive and user-friendly.If your needs are still simple — you’re in the growth stage and generating a few million dollars in annual revenue — QuickBooks provides a reliable platform to manage your accounting needs. QuickBooks is at its best, handling simple cash inflows and outflows (rent, utilities, insurance, vehicles, p... read more.

Know Your NYC Zoning Regulations to Discover the Value of Your Property

By Wiss, Posted in Real Estate

By Kyle Pennacchia If you’re a property owner in New York City, knowing your local zoning regulations and how it applies to your property is extremely important. People often think that only developers need a good working knowledge of the regulations, but that’s simply not true. Even if you purchased (as opposed to constructed) your current building and have no inclination to undergo construction or alterations of any kind, knowledge of the regulations can pay off if you are ever given an offer... read more.

How to Avoid Risk and Stay Lean in the 2015 Construction Boom

By Wiss, Posted in Construction

By Wiss Associate Historically, the U.S. construction industry trails the economy by about a year. So when the economy tanks, the industry hangs on by finishing existing projects. And when things begin to improve, construction firms lag while investments are made, new projects are green-lighted and contracts are signed. Today, the economy, from the viewpoint of the construction industry, is 80 to 90 percent back to where it was before the recession. So now it’s time to figure out how to do things di... read more.